Video games based on comic book superheroes often breed mixed results, but it’s hard to deny that Batman has been very well-serviced as of late.  Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City have proven both critically and commercially successful, so the only question now is what direction they will take with the next instalment. The ending of Batman:Arkham City left the door open for another game, however there is a rumor circulating that Rocksteady might be taking the series on a little detour into the past. Could our next dark and dirty Batman experience be a prequel?

The source of this rumor is an article published in Variety, in which they discuss the new direction that Warner Bros. is planning on taking with the Rocksteady Studios video game series. Rather than a direct continuation of the Arkham plot line, they would be looking at taking the series back to the “Silver Age” era of the 1950s DC Comics series. This would cover two pivotal events in the Batman universe: the formation of the Justice League of America and his first meeting with The Joker. The move to potentially switch gears comes after the success of The Avengers at the box office, so this could be the product of a “strike while the iron is hot” mentality. A blockbuster Justice League movie, coupled with a high profile video game, could prove very profitable indeed.

The Justice League was formed when Batman teamed up with other superheroes including Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash and Green Lantern. The characters from Justice League have made their video game appearences this year in Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes, and the Joker was the main villain in both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Combining both of those elements is what makes this rumor so intriguing, as the possibilities for both a rich storyline and a diverse roster of playable characters is something fans would no doubt love.

At this point, this is all unsubstantiated rumor. We have reached out to Warner Bros. for comment and we will update this story when we have a response.